Examples Of Chivalry In King Arthur

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The Arthurian Code: Chivalry “Chivalry is dead” is a very common phrase, however what does it actually mean? This famous saying refers back to the time of King Arthur in the Middle Ages. In order to be a knight, one had to follow the Arthurian Code of Chivalry. The word chivalry was used to describe what a perfect knight would be, and the code outlines the basic understanding of how a knight should act. The regulations assigned the ethics and morals that a knight had to attain, and the rules were held with great respect and honor. The Arthurian Code of Chivalry is composed of four major aspects: nobility, humility, bravery, and obedience.
Throughout the tales of King Arthur, it is evident that in order to be a knight you must display nobelity. Arthur said “I
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A humble knight is an honest and just knight. “He restored all the stolen land to its rightful owners, and set about building castles to defend all the coasts and borders of the kingdom,” (Excalibur pp 13). This displays Arthur’s humility because he was selfless and put other’s needs before his own. Another example of when Arthur showed humility was when sir Ector kneeled before him once realizing Arthur was the new king. At once Arthur got down on his knees as well because he was too humble and did not like the feeling of being superlative to anyone. (The Once And Future King pp 914). Arthur prefered to be treated as an equal although he was far greater than that. “He announced. ‘All shall be equal at this table. No single knight is more important that another.” (Gathering of the Knights pp 23). Thus further proving how humble Arthur is, he created the famous Round Table in order to instill equality for all the knights. Arthur could have easily kept the table the same so he could be the head and receive all the attention and glory, but fame was not as important to
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